When a tooth is weakened from being chipped, broken, cracked, or decayed, the tooth is capped with a crown that will protect it and keep the appearance of a natural tooth. Crowns are normally needed for teeth that have had a root canal and are also placed on dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns are made of porcelain or gold. Porcelain is preferred for teeth that are visible, as they are made to look like natural teeth, while gold crowns can used on back teeth.

There are many other restorative and aesthetic reasons why you would need a dental crown in Hickory, North Carolina, which include:

  • To restore a broken tooth
  • To cover a tooth that is worn down
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To protect a weak tooth
  • To support a tooth with a large filling
  • To disguise discolored teeth
  • To improve misshapen teeth
  • To make a cosmetic alteration

Before placing a crown, Dr. John McAllister will first examine and prepare the tooth. Your dentist will prepare the tooth by shaving a portion of the surface down to allow room for the crown. Once the tooth is the proper shape, he will make impressions of your teeth and will send them to a dental lab so the crown can be custom made for your tooth. After the permanent crown is sent back to our office, your second visit will involve your dentist checking and adjusting the crown to fit your bite and smile. Once he finds the perfect fit, it will be permanently cemented into place.

To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, we welcome you to call our office now and set up an appointment!